Last Thursday (April 19), the Dove Awards, gospel music’s Grammys, were held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. I was lucky enough to be able to cover them, so I thought I’d share some quick takes on the experience.
The red carpet was inside the entrance of the theatre and I saw Mary Mary being interviewed, both ladies standing out with one dressed in blue and the other in orange. One highlight was watching Yolanda Adams, Karen Peck, Crystal Lewis and Angie Stone sing “I go to the rock” which Whitney Houston had sang at the Dove Awards some years ago. Another was hearing the Isaacs really lay on southern gospel harmonies. And Jamie-Grace gave the sweetest acceptance speech when she won the best new artist awards. “My prom was here four years ago, and my mom brought me here. This is a dream come true.”
Most of the artists came backstage to talk to the press and here are some of the highlights:
Jason Crabb [on winning artist of the year and male vocalist]: “I’m very thankful; I come from a small town in Kentucky and never thought I’d be singing on the stage with all these people much less anything like this. I’m having a blast living my dream, and would encourage everyone to go after theirs.”
Angie Stone [demurring when asked if she was planning to do a gospel album]: “I think music is the highest form of praise…If you start on a platform that leads you to that place then it’s ordained by God. But my advice is do pure good music that is inspired by God. [When asked who she was wearing]: This dress is five or six years old. But I can fit into it again so I’m wearing me!”
Montell Jordan [when asked if he would do secular music again]: “I did not leave secular music for gospel music; I am now in full-time ministry. I also have the blessing of being a worship pastor at Victory World Church [Norcross, Georgia].”
The best comment from a non-artiste came when singer Wess Morgan’s dad took to the stage. Morgan has a past abusing cocaine and serving time in jail and his dad, who is a pastor was asked what do you with a prodigal child. “The prodigal’s father never ran after the child. Our role is to fatten the calf because he’s coming home,” he said. “Hold on to them and see God bring them back.”
To see all winners, go to the GMC website.
Image Source: www.gettyimages.com (Yolanda Adams, Crystal Lews, Angie Stone and Karen Peck)